Walking from sight to sight in the capital of Texas can get exhausting. The perfect calming cure is spending time at one of Austin’s elite spas. Massages and facials may be standard, but many of these spas also offer amenities like serene grounds, aromatherapy showers and healthy meals. Finding the right combination of ambiance and offerings can be tough, so U.S. News spoke with local experts to figure out which spas are best for revitalization.
Milk + Honey
“Milk + Honey is one of the more well-known spas that we send our guests to,” says David Scheffke, front office manager at the Hotel Ella. “They have many different treatments, like deep-tissue massages, and they do facials as well.”
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This sleek and modern spa offers award-winning services like massages, body treatments, waxing and manicures using natural and organic products. Services for men, including manly facials or sports massages, and treatments for teens and children, such as for skin or hair, are available as well.
Chris Johnson, concierge and greeter at The Driskill, says, "I'd get the body wrap. You walk out of there with noodle legs. It’s quite lovely. Don’t plan anything after that because you’re going to want to chill the rest of the day.”
Milk + Honey's downtown Second Street District location is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The spa's salon, which provides hair extensions and treatments, makeup and bridal services, is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lake Austin Spa Resort
Lake Austin Spa Resort is a “great spot, very serene, and they started this program where you can be picked up downtown by boat and ride to the hotel,” says Katherine Wise, communications manager at Visit Austin, the city's tourism organization. “My favorite thing there is the luminous skin-brightening facial. I get it whenever I can.”
Sitting on Lake Austin about 45 minutes from downtown, this 25,000-square-foot spa hotel offers half or full spa days, plus overnight stays. Visitors can select from more than 100 treatments, including river rock and aromatherapy massages, body scrubs and wraps, acupuncture and salon services. Men’s and women’s areas feature hot tubs and saunas, and there's a junior Olympic-size lap pool ready for relaxation. Meals at the on-site Aster Café are crafted from ingredients from the resort’s organic garden.
Tony Ingargiola, concierge at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin, says, “Lake Austin Spa Resort has updated guest rooms and is very isolated." He also touts its "fantastic spa services and light farm-to-table meals.” The spa is open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., with appointments available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Viva Day Spa
Whether it’s spa or salon services you seek, Viva Day Spa’s location at the Domain Northside has you covered. Comfortable and trendy, Viva offers massages, facials, manicures and pedicures alongside medical treatments like laser hair removal and Botox. Its spa packages mix massages and scrubs with wine and chocolates for a truly decadent experience.
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“I highly recommend their foot ritual massage," says Steven Leigh, chief concierge at the Archer Hotel Austin. "It puts me to sleep every time, and it’s fantastic. And their 90-minute deep-tissue massage I’m such a fan of.” The north Austin location is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Austin
Wise says, “One of my favorite daycation spots is the spa at the Four Seasons, which looks over into Lady Bird Lake."
At this recently renovated 4,000-square-foot downtown Austin spa, visitors enjoy a relaxation lounge with a Himalayan pink salt wall, eucalyptus-infused steam rooms, access to the hotel’s fitness center and healthy snacks. Body treatments, facials and massages all are available. The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Austin is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., with appointments from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Woodhouse Day Spa
Stone accent walls and hardwood floors decorate The Woodhouse Day Spa. More than 70 treatments, including massages, waxings, facials and pedicures, are available. For body treatments, the spa also has a Vichy shower, where a half-dozen shower heads inundate you with water as you lie on a table.
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“They do an incredible job with manicures and pedicures, and have a nice, quiet lounge area,” says Kimi Nakato, director of front office at the Hotel Granduca Austin."I’ve had some wonderful deep-tissue massages there."
The Woodhouse Day Spa is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Spa by JW
Amber Weir, concierge at the JW Marriott Austin, says of her hotel's spa, “It’s brand-new with state-of-the-art equipment, and great masseuses and facials. They have HydraFacials, aromatherapy showers and express 12-minute massage treatments that are really convenient.”
This cool and earthy 4,600-square-foot spa has everything from light meals and wine to 80-minute massages and facials. Quick services like feet and hand treatments are on-site as well. Spa by JW is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, with spa treatments starting at 9 a.m.
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